Shweta Taneja

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Shweta Taneja
BornNew Delhi, India
OccupationNovelist, Graphic Novelist, Journalist
Period2012 -

Shweta Taneja is an Indian novelist, graphic novelist, and journalist.

Shweta Taneja has written the novels The Matsya Curse: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery,[1] How to Steal a Ghost @ Manipal,[2] Cult of Chaos: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery[3] and The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong.[4] She wrote the scripts for The Skull Rosary, a five-story graphic novel involving the Hindu god Shiva (published by Holy Cow Entertainment)[5] and Krishna: Defender of Dharma, about the Hindu god Krishna (published by Campfire Graphic Novels).[6] She currently lives and works in Bangalore, India.


Shweta Taneja grew up in Delhi, India. She earned a Masters in English Literature from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi and a Masters in Fashion Communication from the National Institute of Fashion Technology.[citation needed]

Writing career[edit]

Taneja's journalist career began with the magazines Femina and Men's Health (where she was the Assistant Editor of the India edition). She continues to write for several print and online publications including Mint,[7] Discover India, Swarajya,[8] Scroll[9] and The Huffington Post (India).[10]

Her first publication was the Krishna: Defender of Dharma graphic novel, for which she wrote the script and collaborated with illustrator Rajesh Nagulakonda. In 2013, the graphic novel was recommended for Classes 7 & 8 for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, India by the Association of Writers & Illustrators for Children.[11]

The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong was her first novel. It involves a group of twelve-year olds who solve a mystery in the hill town Kurseong in India.[12] Taneja promoted the novel using a children's detective workshop. Groups of children would solve a mystery within a given time and then draw out their version of the events [13]

The Skull Rosary was Taneja's second graphic novel. She wrote the script and collaborated with five different illustrators for each of the five stories in the novel. It was nominated for Best Writer and Best Cover for the Comic Con India awards 2013.[14]

Her next work was Cult of Chaos: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery which is a detective fantasy novel based in Delhi, India. The protagonist of Cult of Chaos is Anantya who is a woman tantrist - a practitioner of Tantra.[15] Cult of Chaos is billed as India's first tantic-detective novel.[16] The novel was launched with The Occult Detective Quiz[clarification needed] at Bangalore, India[17]

In 2016, Taneja published How to Steal a Ghost @ Manipal which is as described by The Asian Age as "A young student turns into a paranormal investigator to impress her boyfriend."[18] The book is published in an ebook format by Juggernaut Books and it was the Taneja's foray into becoming a hybrid author.[19]

Her second novel of the Anantya Tantrist Mystery series - The Matsya Curse was published in 2017.

In 2016, Taneja was selected for the Charles Wallace India Fellowship (Chichester University, UK).[20]


Name Type Publication Year Publisher ISBN
Krishna: Defender of Dharma Graphic Novel 2012 Campfire Graphic Novels 978-9380741710
The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong Novel 2013 Hachette 978-9350095539
The Skull Rosary Graphic Novel 2013 Holy Cow Entertainment ASIN: B00HNSSUDQ
Cult of Chaos: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery Novel 2014 HarperCollins 978-9351364443
How to Steal a Ghost @ Manipal Novel 2016 Juggernaut Books
The Matsya Curse: An Anantya Tantrist Mystery Novel 2017 HarperCollins 978-9352645022


  1. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India | The Matsya Curse". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Juggernaut Books". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India | Cult of Chaos". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ "HACHETTE". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Holy Cow Entertainment | The Skull Rosary". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Krishna: Defender of Dharma". Campfire. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Shweta's articles for Mint".
  8. ^ "Shweta Taneja | Swarajya". Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Shweta Taneja |". Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Shweta's articles for Huffington Post India".
  11. ^ "CBSE Reading Promotion, SNo 94" (PDF).
  12. ^ "'I became a writer by chance!': Swetha Padmanabhan - Citizen Matters, Bangalore News". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  13. ^ Bhumika K. (10 December 2013). "Kids crack a whodunnit". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Comic Con India Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Special Awards for Pran Kumar Sharma and Tinkle Studio". AnimationXpress. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  15. ^ Mini Anthikad-Chhibber (23 February 2015). "Fast, furious and completely magical". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  16. ^ 10 February 2015 - Rohini Nair (10 February 2015). "A supernatural detective thriller". The Asian Age. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  17. ^ Sravasti Datta (4 February 2015). "The thrill in occult". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Power of the unknown". 19 October 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  19. ^ Chhibber, Mini Anthikad. "Seamlessly moving between worlds". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  20. ^ Anjum, Zafar (25 January 2016). "The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Shweta Taneja". Retrieved 29 July 2016.